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KALW Almanac ~ Monday May 29, 2017

Santillanes, taken by flickr user Thomas Hawk

Today Monday, 29th of May of 2017 is the 149th day of the year 
There are 216 days remaining until the end of the year. 
526 days until Congressional Elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018 (that's 1 year 5 months and 8 days from today)
1254 days until the next Presidential Election on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (that will be 3 years 5 months and 5 days from today)
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:50 am 
and sunset will be at 8:25 pm. 
Today we will have 14 hours and 35 minutes of daylight. 

The solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:20 am 

and the next high tide will be at 4:32 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 9:06 am 

and the next low tide at 9:26 pm.

The Moon is currently 19.1% illuminated; a Waxing Crescent moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 6.66° N

Moon Altitude: -34.91°

Moon Distance: 228377 mi

Next Full Moon: Jun 9, 2017 at 6:09 am

Next New Moon: Jun 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 10:03 am

Today is…

Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated.

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh

End of the Middle Ages Day
on this day in 1453 saw the Fall of Constantinople when Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a 53-day siege, ending the Byzantine Empire.

International Coq Au Vin Day
Also known as International Rooster with Wine Day

Learn About Composting Day

National Biscuit Day

Paper Clip Day

Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day

Today is also...

Army Day (Argentina)

Democracy Day (Nigeria)

Earliest day on which Feast of the Sacred Heart can fall, while July 2 is the latest; celebrated 19 days after Pentecost. (Catholic Church)

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Oak Apple Day in England

Castleton Garland Day in Castleton, England

Statehood Day in Rhode Island and Wisconsin

Veterans Day in Sweden

World Digestive Health Day

May 29 – June 1 Ludi Fabarici (Ancient Rome)

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share this day with...

1736 – Patrick Henry , American orator and patriot of the American Revolution

1860 – Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (d. 1909)

1903 – Bob Hope, English-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2003)

1914 – Stacy Keach Sr., American actor (d. 2003)

1914 – Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese-Indian mountaineer (d. 1986)

1915 – Karl Münchinger, German conductor and composer (d. 1990)

1917 – John F. Kennedy, American lieutenant and politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)

1922 – Iannis Xenakis, Greek-French composer, engineer, and theorist (d. 2001)

1933 – Helmuth Rilling, German conductor and educator

1941 – Bob Simon, American journalist (d. 2015)

1949 – Robert Axelrod, American actor and screenwriter

1955 – David Kirschner, American animator, producer, and author

1956 – La Toya Jackson, American singer-songwriter and actress

1958 – Annette Bening, American actress

1961 – Melissa Etheridge, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist

1962 – Chloé Sainte-Marie, Canadian actress and singer, daughter of Buffy Sainte-Marie

1974 – Aaron McGruder, American author and cartoonist

1975 – Daniel Tosh, American comedian, television host, actor, writer, and executive producer

On this day in history...

1765 – Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses, saying, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"

1942 – Bing Crosby recorded Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in Los Angeles for Decca Records.

2009 – Jay Leno ended his first stint as host of "The Tonight Show." (Following a short-lived prime-time show, Leno was back on NBC's late night mainstay in February 2010.)

2010 – Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in major league history, beating the Florida Marlins 1-0.

1886 – The pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in The Atlanta Journal.
1913 – Igor Stravinsky's ballet score The Rite of Spring receives its premiere performance in Paris, France, provoking a riot.
1919 – Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity is tested (later confirmed) by Arthur Eddington and Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin.

1932 – World War I veterans begin to assemble in Washington, D.C., in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.

1953 – Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.

1973 – Tom Bradley is elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, California.

1982 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.

1982 – Falklands War: British forces defeat the Argentines at the Battle of Goose Green.

1988 – The U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

1989 – Signing of an agreement between Egypt and the United States, allowing the manufacture of parts of the F-16 jet fighter plane in Egypt.

1990 – The Russian parliament elects Boris Yeltsin as president of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.